The recruitment process is the worst process ever !
First, you have to ship all these documents :
1- application for employment completed (3 copies)
2- resume (3 copies)
3- personnel screening (easy) : http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/tbsf-fsct/330-23-eng.pdf
4- security clearance form (not fun) : http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/tbsf-fsct/330-60-eng.pdf (5 copies!)
5- drivers licence (2 photocopies)
6- birth certificate (2 photocopies)
7- citizenship certificate (if born outside Canada)
8- marriage certificate (if applicable) (2 photocopies)
9- divorce or separation documents (if applicable) (2 photocopies)
10- education documents for highest level of education, as well as any documents supporting special qualifications (2 photocopies)
11- official transcripts forwarded directly to them by the post-secondary institutions attended ($)
12- 3 recent reference letters signed, to be provided by references, who are not family (3 copies) ... can't be the same people as on form 330-60 (see step 4)
13- abuse or illegal substance form signed
14- 6 recent & identical photographs : face only
The step 4 is the worst.
And this is just the start.
You will also have many interviews-tests, I might forget some :
0- phone interview : why are you interested in working for SCRS, etc.
1- technical interview : in fact it's not technical at all, the only technical element is that you have to tell them exactly how many years you worked on each technology, the rest is classic blablabla ...
2- admissibility interview : not funny again, they ask you very personal questions like :
- drug use : in depth, yes even as teenager, even drinking use
- internet use : what kind of website, how long each day
- family stuff : behavior, history
- small offenses : stealing stuff, drunk driving
3- 1000 questions true-false (3 hours) : stupid stuff like from "sometimes, I hear voices" to "I like science books" and "I like to play pranks to animals" ...
I think they try to categorize people as either : detail oriented, goal oriented, people oriented, etc.
See http://www.colorfulleadership.info/pape ... adrant.htm
They also take your finger prints.
4- psycho interview : using step 3 answers + asking the same questions as step 2 (yeah again!) ...
Again, they insist on having complete answers, they want to know every damn thing you stole in your life, even as a kid.
They ask you questions like : what does your family (or friends ) reproach you (sometimes) ... what they would like you to improve ...
5- security interview
6- polygraph (lie detector)
Here are the key elements about the process :
- at any time during the process, they can decide you don't fit
- they are 2 parts in the process, the security clearance and the hiring process, but they don't clearly tell you which interview is for which process
- you are only a number, they have many candidates
- they don't seem to care about your time and confidentiality :
- instead of making copies themselves, they ask you to do it ... 5 copies ... seriously ?
- instead of bringing you once for one day, each interview is on a different week
- instead of evaluating your skills first, they start the security process early, so you do both even if not required in the end ...
- they ask you for everything you did "bad" in your life, imagine the worst interview questions, they ask them all
- from the start, they ask you to tell the truth (lie detector at the end) and to answer every damn personal question, so even if you are not chosen at the end, you gave a lot of information for nothing
to put you at ease, they tell you nobody is perfect
I'm not sure of the perfect way to pass all these steps but here are few thoughts :
- don't start this process if you are not highly motivated
- don't expect too much from this process
- let's hope you were a perfect teenager (a nerd) and that you are still pretty boring (but not too much because they seem to like people-oriented and sportsmen candidates)
- otherwise, don't be afraid to lie, but be constant, take notes because they do and you will forget what you said weeks ago, remember that they can't verify 99% of your answers and that the lie detector is just a stupid tool)
- even if hard, try to be as honest as possible while saying as little as possible
- always try to look as perfect as possible even if they ask you so much stuff
- try to look balanced so they can't categorize you